No one really likes taxes. However, those same taxes that we grumble and complain about do what many of us cannot do on our own. They provide the infrastructure to care for the elderly, educate our children, dispense healthcare and assist in keeping our communities safe. The tax code serves as a moral document of our collective values.
Yet, Illinois is only one of nine states that insists that everyone be taxed at the same rate (a “flat” tax), as if we all have equal ability to pay. Part of striving for justice is recognizing and fighting against systems and structures that create and perpetuate inequality. Our tax system is one of them and it is time that we fight for a change.
JCUA has partnered with the “A Better Illinois” campaign to ask our General Assembly for a constitutional amendment to create a more just tax system. Right now, the campaign is calling on leaders of faith to endorse the campaign, recognizing that our lives are lived for others, most specifically the widow, the orphan and the vulnerable.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
To help JCUA and A Better Illinois make an impact and create change, we need you talk to your Rabbi about the continued inequality and offer the chance to change it. Ask your Rabbi to add their voice to our online petition asking for a constitutional amendment to create a fair, just and progressive tax.
A fair tax would:
- Allow for higher rates on those with higher incomes, and lower rates for those with lower incomes.
- Provide resources for our schools and ensure that services to the vulnerable in our communities are maintained.
- Stimulate economic growth, create jobs, and provide a means for Illinois to repair our crumbling infrastructure.
- Provide desperately needed revenue for our state that has been lost because corporations have used loopholes to avoid paying their fair share.
- Learn more: Visit us at jcua.org/betterillinois
- Know enough? Talk to the faith leaders in your community and ask them to sign the Faith Leader’s Petition
- Not a faith leader, but still want to participate? Sign A Better Illinois’s general petition to create change.